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Is it worth to get a SATA-3 controller to max my SSD out?

After multiple thoughts I decided to buy my first SSD drive, and after some research i've found theese:

  • OCZ Vertex 2
    • SATA II (3Gb/s)
    • SandForce SF1200
    • Max Read: up to 285MB/s
    • Max Write: up to 275MB/s


  • OCZ Agility 3
    • SATA III (6Gb/s)
    • SandForce SF2281
    • Max Read: up to 525MB/s
    • Max Write: up to 475MB/s

(both of 40 GB capacity)

Agility 3 costs only 10$ more than Vertex 2. Is it worth buying it, assuming that my motherboard supports only SATA II 3Gb/s? Can I do something to avoid the bottleneck? (upgrading mobo is not an option)

marked as duplicate by Breakthrough, Nifle, Tamara Wijsman, slhck, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 4 '11 at 4:12

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    See my answer here. In short, if the price difference is really $10, you should definitely get the faster one because the controller chip is evidently better. – billc.cn Aug 24 '11 at 9:56

I'd say for 10 bucks it's worth it for future proofing and better performance.


If you plan an upgrade in the next year - definitely.

If not - you must check which is more stable of the two models and has lower fail rates..

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